Costa Rica Tourism has been on a constant rise for decades. People from all over the world are flocking to this small Central American country called the “Switzerland of the Americas”
Costa Rica, literally meaning, "Rich Coast", officially the Republic of Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. The Capital of Costa Rica and largest city is picturesque San Jose. It is today one of the most stable and prosperous nations in Latin America.
Its rainforests, lakes, volcanoes and beaches are awe inspiring and this is what the whole world wants to see.
San Jose the Capital of Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
The San Jose I saw almost fifty years ago is very far from the bustling city it is today. It is home to the country’s best museums, theaters, restaurants and bars. Nightlife is very busy in the last few years.
Surrounded by lush green valleys and mountains, Costa Rica’s capital and largest city, is a modern city built on a plateau in the country’s geographical center; it serves as a base for further exploration of places of interest.
Chirripo National Park
Located south of San Jose this is Central America’s highest peak. Once on the top you may see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It features five different ecosystems. Experienced hikers may visit one of the park's most remote areas, Savannah of the Lions, where a large puma population resides.
It spans over three provinces, Limon, Cartago and San Jose and features a diversity of wildlife species on a combination of treeless mountain plateaus, fern groves, marshlands, lush rainforest and glacial lakes.
The park is not open to regular tourists, just to hikers accompanied by licensed guides. Permits are issued Canaan Park Ranger Station; open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Montezuma Costa Rica
This is a village populated mainly by an expat community. It is located on the Pacific coast between Jaco and Tamarindo. It features many restaurants serving organic or vegetarian food.
Near this village you may visit three waterfalls that empty into lagoons, being the tallest about 35 meters tall. Also, the beaches of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa are nearby besides along the coastline the beach of Playa Grande, a sandy and secluded beach. All the above-mentioned beaches are ideal for surfing thanks to its great waves.
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Corcovado National Park
Many call it the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national park system. Here the tourist is guaranteed to enjoy many sights. It is located on the Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica. It features mangrove, swamp sands, rainforests
These forests are by far the most exuberant in Central America, comparing proudly with the forests of the Amazonia or the dipterocarp forests of Malaysia and Indonesia.
Summarizing all this, the Corcovado is the best example in Costa Rica of a tropical rainforest with tall trees, hundreds of species. Some say that his Osa Peninsula contains the complete tropical insect ecosystem from Mexico to Panama.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Located near Limon on the Caribbean side, the town is full of tourists and street vendors selling Bob Marley T-shirts. It features many fine restaurants that serve the best catches of the day on an ambiance of reggae music and parties.
de la Vieja National Park
Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica it is named for a large steaming volcano with active vapor vents, craters, hot springs and mud pits. All this complemented by abundant lush vegetation and wildlife. This is one of the best places to visit here.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Despite being Costa Rica’s smallest national park, it is the most visited because it is easily accessible from the capital, about 150 Km distance. It is located on the Pacific Coast near the city of Quepos in the Province of Puntarenas. It features a diverse array of ecosystems including lush rainforests, white sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs.
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Until the past few years, Arenal was the most active volcano in Costa Rica, and it’s frequent, small explosions once provided incredible shows of spewing lava. However, in 2010, Arenal’s cycle entered into a resting phase, putting an indeterminate pause on the eruptions. Nevertheless, the area surrounding Arenal still offers plenty of outstanding sights and exciting activities.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Located in Central Costa Rica this lush green and tropical jungle features exotic birds, many insects. It is very popular among tourists due to its amazing natural beauty and many activities including zip lining and canopy tours.
Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica
The National Theatre of Costa Rica is located on the center of San Jose. It dates to 1897. It has been a source of pride for its people and a cultural asset for generations, due to its high quality performances with high artistic criteria.
Its interiors include lavish furnishing. As a whole it is considered one of the finest historic buildings in the Capital.
Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
The National Museum of Costa Rica, located in San Jose is located in the Bellavista Fortress across from the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica. What was once a military fortress built in 1917, it became a museum in 1950.
The entrance on the east side leads to a courtyard displaying pre-Columbian artifacts and cannons from the colonial period. The museum also has an exhibit of the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to former presidents Óscar Arias, and a bust of José Figueres.
Costa Rican Center of Science and Culture
The Centro Costarricense de la Ciencia y la Cultura is a science and culture museum complex in Costa Rica, located in a fortress-like building that once served as the central penitentiary between 1910 and 1979
Inaugurated in 1994, it contains a number of important institutions including the National Auditorium, the Museo de los Niños, the National Gallery and a number of others.
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Costa Rica Flag Description
Each color in the Costa Rican flag represents important Costa Rican ideals. Blue represents the sky, opportunities within reach, intellectual thinking, perseverance, infinity, eternity, religious ideals and spiritual desires. White symbolizes clear thinking, happiness, wisdom, power and natural beauty, as well as peace and Costa Rican initiative. Red expresses the warmth of the Costa Rican people, their love of life, and blood spilled during the fight for freedom.
Costa Rica Map showing its neighbors Nicaragua and Panama
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